Donmar to Present Elena Roger in Passion, Derek Jacobi in King Lear, Sondheim Chat and More

News   Donmar to Present Elena Roger in Passion, Derek Jacobi in King Lear, Sondheim Chat and More
 
Elena Roger and Derek Jacobi will return to the Donmar Warehouse to respectively play Fosca in Sondheim's Passion and the title role of King Lear. Other plans have also been announced for the theatre.
Elena Roger as Evita
Elena Roger as Evita Photo by Ian Nicholson

Roger previously played the title role of Piaf at the Donmar in Jamie Lloyd's production that subsequently transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre and to Beunos Aires. She also starred in London in the title role of Donmar artistic director Michael Grandage's West End production of Evita at the Adelphi Theatre. She is reunited with Lloyd for Passion, which will begin performances Sept. 10, prior to an official opening Sept. 21, for a season through Nov. 27.

Jacobi previously starred at the Donmar in A Voyage Round My Father that subsequently transferred to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre, and also in the Donmar at Wyndham's production of Twelfth Night. He is reunited with the director of Twelfth Night, Michael Grandage, with whom he has also worked on The Tempest and Don Carlos. King Lear will begin performances Dec. 3, prior to an official opening Dec. 7, for a season through Feb. 5, 2011.

Passion is being presented as part of Sondheim at 80, a celebration of the composer's 80th birthday, that will also see Grandage and his predecessor Sam Mendes taking part in a conversation about staging Sondheim's work at the theatre on Sept. 16. Grandage and Mendes have respectively previously directed Merrily We Roll Along and Company. Both of those musicals will also be presented again in concert performances on Nov. 7 and Oct. 31, respectively. The composer will also take part in a conversation about his life and career on Oct. 11.

The Donmar has also announced full casting for its next production of Mark Haddon's Polar Bears. Joining the previously announced Richard Coyle and Jodhi May are Paul Hilton, Celia Imrie, David Leon, Skye Bennett and Alice Sykes. It begins performances April 1, prior to an official opening April 6, for a season through May 22.

The Donmar has further announced new productions of Simon Gray's The Late Middle Classes and Heinrich von Kleist's The Prince of Homburg. David Leveaux, who has previously directed The Real Thing (that subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway), Nine and Electra (subsequently on Broadway), returns to direct The Late Middle Classes. It will begin performances May 27, prior to an official opening June 1, for a season through July 17. Helen McCrory, who previously appeared at the Donmar in Old Times, Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya, In a Little World of Our Own and How I Learnt to Drive, returns to the theatre to star. The Prince of Homburg, to be presented in a new version by Dennis Kelly, will be directed by Jonathan Munby, who previously directed Life is a Dream at the theatre last year. Ian McDiarmid, who previously appeared at the Donmar in Be Near Me, John Gabriel Borkman and Henry IV, will star opposite Charlie Cox, who makes his Donmar debut in the title role. It will begin performances July 22, prior to an official opening July 27, for a run through Sept. 4.

Polar Bears is currently on sale. Priority booking for Donmar members for the remainder of the season opens on Feb. 22, with public booking from March 8. To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 871 7624, or visit www.donmarwarehouse.com.

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